Railway enthusiasts and commuters in the Okayama/Bingo area have exciting news to look forward to. The highly anticipated new train, “Urara,” will begin its operations on July 22, 2023, generating a wave of anticipation among locals.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, a departure ceremony is scheduled to take place at Okayama Station on the same day. This event adds to the already palpable excitement surrounding the debut of this state-of-the-art train.
Unveiling the Urara Train
Date and Time: Saturday, July 22, 2023, from approximately 10:24 AM to 10:40 AM
Location: Okayama Station Platform 1
Please note that admission tickets are required for attendance, and certain areas may have restricted access during the ceremony. The schedule is subject to change depending on the train’s operational status on the day.
The departure ceremony will feature a lineup of distinguished guests and exciting activities:
- Greetings from event organizers and special guests
- Ribbon-cutting ceremony
- Departure signal
- Performance by Marine Liners
Among the attendees will be Mr. Ryuta Ibaragi, the Governor of Okayama Prefecture, who will be present as a special guest. Event Organizer, Captain Fujiwara, the Director of West Japan Railway Company and General Manager of the Okayama Branch, alongside Okayama Station Master Joji Saito, will also grace the occasion.
Strengthening Community Ties through Railway Initiatives
JR-West Group’s commitment to coexistence and collaboration with local communities is at the forefront of their initiatives. They continuously strive to create vibrant and sustainable communities along the railway lines, fostering meaningful encounters and enriching lives with joy and smiles.
History of the Okayama/Bingo Area Railways
The Okayama/Bingo area has a rich history of railways that have played a vital role in connecting communities and fueling regional development. Since the inception of the first railway lines in the late 19th century, the railway network has expanded, modernized, and evolved to cater to the changing needs of the region.
Over the years, the railways have not only facilitated transportation but also served as a symbol of progress and unity, bringing people closer together. The introduction of the new “Urara” train is yet another milestone in the ongoing legacy of the Okayama/Bingo area railways, promising enhanced travel experiences and bolstering the region’s connectivity.
As the new “Urara” train embarks on its maiden journey, excitement fills the air in the Okayama/Bingo area. The departure ceremony and the subsequent operation of this train signify the commitment of JR-West Group to provide exceptional railway services, fostering closer community ties and ensuring a delightful travel experience for passengers.